And the winner is…Me! Yes, that’s right I have won an Enterprise Vision Award (or Evas) in the ‘Sole Trader of the Year’ category.
The Enterprise Vision Awards recognise women in business from across the North West in sixteen categories, ranging from best small business to business woman of the year. last Friday I attended a prestigious ceremony at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with my husband, where it was announced that I had won. Up against four other business women from across the North West, I had to undertake several stages of the competition to secure the award.
The initial stage of the awards was via an application, followed by an interview in Blackpool in July, where a panel of judges assessed me on various aspects of my business including the inspiration to become self employed, achievements and challenges to date, future plans for the business and the drive and passion behind the business. Throughout August there was also an online vote, where members of the public could vote for me to win – so a massive thank you if you did!
I was stunned to hear my name announced as a winner at the Eva Awards. All day I had been saying to myself that I wouldn’t win and that it would be a nice night out for my husband and I; to get glammed up and have a good time. I really didn’t think I’d be standing up in front of 600 people giving a winner’s speech!
There were two other winners from Cumbria. Alison Tordoff of Fidget Design in Windermere won the award for Creative Industry and Katie Robinson of Made in Flowers based in Kendal, won the Young Entrepreneur category – well done ladies! I also met some other lovely women in business on my table who all cheered when I won!
To win a North West award is a real accolade for me and my business. It rewards years of hard work studying, running my own company and making it a success. I am passionate about the work I do and the clients I help and I think that is what shone through to the judges. I felt proud to represent Cumbria and help showcase women in business in the area and I want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to cast a vote and help me win.